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RICOH HONORED BY PREMIER HEALTHCARE ALLIANCE FOR EXCEPTIONAL SUPPLIER PERFORMANCE


West Caldwell, NJ, June 17, 2008 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that it is a winner of the third annual Pinnacle Award, presented by the Premier healthcare alliance’s Purchasing Partners unit. This is the second consecutive year Ricoh received this honor.

Ricoh is one of 15 of more than 800 Premier contracted suppliers to receive the award, which recognizes suppliers whose performance meets or exceeds the expectations of Premier and its members as they carry out their missions of meeting the healthcare needs of communities they serve.

“Ricoh is thrilled to be a second time winner of the Pinnacle Award,” said Dave Barwick, director of Healthcare and Higher Education, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Being a recipient of this award demonstrates our commitment to deliver products and services that enable customers to realize improved operational efficiencies at a low cost of ownership. We look forward to continuing to provide these benefits to Premier members.”

Mr. Barwick and Scott A. Petraglia, corporate account manager, Ricoh Americas Corporation, accepted the award at the 2008 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The award ceremony was held on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and featured a special presentation from country music legend Naomi Judd.

Based on performance data collected during the year and shared with contracted suppliers through Premier’s supplier quality and business line review process, the annual awards are designed to align contracted supplier performance to meet or exceed Premier’s and its members’ expectations on a consistent basis.

“Premier’s Pinnacle Award honors top performing suppliers that understand the importance of collaboration and striving for performance excellence,” said Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire. “We’re happy to honor these companies as we work together to improve healthcare in our communities.”

Pinnacle Award objectives are to support and enhance relationships with contracted suppliers; improve communication; support attainment of mutual goals; drive contract utilization; improve both members’ and suppliers’ financial performance; and to provide unsurpassed clinical and financial value for members.

For more information, please visit: www.premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 50,000 other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.


About Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 72-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2007 sales in excess of $19.4 billion, a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year.

Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.

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Contacts:Linda MontefuscoJennifer Kuhl
Ricoh Americas Corporation
973-882-2172212-931-6111
linda.montefusco@ricoh-usa.comjkuhl@peppercom.com
 

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